Odisha to seek GI tag for 'Odishara Rasagolla'

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The tweet reignited the two-and-a-half-year-old controversy between Odisha and West Bengal on the origins of "Rasagolla". Virtually every dignitary visiting West Bengal - from Fidel Castro to Diego Maradona - was offered this signature sweet during state dinners.So Bengalis were quite surprised, if not hurt, in 2015 when the neighbouring state of Odisha suddenly claimed that the sweet was essentially an invention of that state.

Bhubaneswar, Nov 14 The Odisha government said today it would soon seek a Geographical Indication tag for its version of rasagolla, hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state had been granted the GI status for the popular sweet.

West Bengal's Education Minister Partha Chattetjee said, "Odisha unnecessarily raised a dispute over the issue".

However, Odisha had claimed that 600 years ago they had Rosgulla.

A favourite nearly all over India, the rasgulla has been at the centre of a long-drawn tussle between the states of Odisha and West Bengal.

Odisha and West Bengal staked claim to the GI registration of rosogulla and have fought over it since 2015.

With news of Bengal's victory, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is at present on a tour of London, twitted "Sweet news for us all". He started experimenting trying to make a new sweet from 1864.

Veteran stage and screen personality Soumitra Chatterjee said: "Historically, it feels good to know officially that rosogolla was invented in Bengal". It would be interesting to see whether it can try and get a GI tag on "Odisha Rasagola" or "Odia Rasagola". We are all so happy.

Bengal claimed that the sweet developed by Nobind Chandra Das in 1860 is the original and different from the sweet that Odisha was claiming as the original sweet, media reported.

The GI registry arrived at Tuesday's decision after holding multiple hearing at its office in the city's satellite township Salt Lake.

"The state government has borne the entire expenditure of the fight", added Das.

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